Honolulu man arraigned after being caught with 24 pounds of cocaine, prosecutors say

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Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 4:58 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Honolulu man was arraigned Tuesday accused of drug trafficking and firearms possession.

Ping Hong Lee was arrested on Jan. 13 after law enforcement officers observed an alleged trade off at a Waikiki hotel.

Prosecutors say Lee arrived in a 2018 Porsche and they saw a man get in the vehicle with a blue duffel bag. Shortly after, the same man left the vehicle without the bag.

Officers then tried to conduct a traffic stop of the Porsche after Hong Lee drove away.

He was eventually found minutes later. Within the vehicle, law enforcement officers recovered approximately 24 pounds of cocaine from the duffel bag, along with money and a loaded .38 caliber pistol.

Prosecutors say that Lee has a prior 2012 federal drug distribution felony conviction.

If convicted on this latest set of charges, Lee faces a minimum of 20 years behind bars.

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